Smoothies are a great way to get the daily recommended value of fruits and veggies. If you have a tough time getting these into your diet this is the way to go.
Papayas are high in vitamin C and are a good source of folate, potassium, fiber and vitamins A, E and K. Papayas are rich in antioxidants and the enzyme papain, which helps promote digestive health. Lycopene content of papayas may help protect against prostate cancer.
Studies suggest that eating papayas may help protect against heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. Diets rich in fruits like papaya may also reduce the risk of colon cancer. Their anti-inflammatory properties may help with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
What Are Enzymes?
Enzymes are biological catalysts – they accelerate, or catalyze, over 5,000 chemical reactions
in the body. Enzymes are VITAL to almost all metabolic processes in your body and individual cells.Basically, you NEED enzymes in order to stay alive! In fact, a lack of enzymes is a root to many different diseases that are prevalent today.
Where Do Enzymes Come From?
The body creates enzymes naturally and also gets them from RAW, living foods.
One of the most important types of enzymes are digestive enzymes. These are responsible for breaking down food and making it easier to absorb by the body. These are created in the mouth by the saliva glands, in the stomach and by the pancreas.
Because the Standard American Diet consists mostly of highly processed or cooked foods (i.e. dead foods), a lot of people aren’t getting enough enzymes from their diet and are depleting their own stores because the food they eat is hard to digest.
Not only does the S.A.D. diet contain little or no dietary enzymes, but processed foods are full ofadditives, preservatives and other crap that ultimately hinder proper digestion and cause inflammation in the gut.
According to Dr. Howell, author of Food Enzymes for Health & Longevity, people could extend their lifespan by 20 YEARS OR MORE simply by maintaining proper enzyme levels!
A lot of people are having to turn to enzyme supplements in order to digest their meals properly. If you suffer from a digestive disorder (or poor digestion in general) I would highly recommend taking a good quality enzyme supplement before every meal and also looking seriously into changing your diet.
I like Best Naturals Betaine HCL Digestive Enzyme supplement.
Ultimately, the goal should be to help the body produce its own enzymes and get the rest from what you EAT.
How To Get Enzymes Through What You Eat
You can find enzymes in all raw, living foods. This is one of the reasons why eating a diet full of raw fruits and vegetables is so good for your health and longevity.
Enzymes are broken down or destroyed during cooking, so eating more RAW food is key to maintain good enzyme levels!
- Papaya is RICH in proteolytic enzymes and particularly in the digestive enzymes papain, caricain, glycyl and chymopapain. These enzymes are incredible digestive-system aids.
- Papain is one of the most effective and powerful enzymes at breaking down protein, particularly meat. When you eat papaya before, alongside or after a meal containing meat, it will speed up digestion and help to more effectively break down difficult proteins such as gluten and casein.
Foods That Contain Enzyme Inhibitors
Some foods, although healthy, have what are called ‘enzyme inhibitors’ that neutralize other enzymes produced by the body. These foods include:
- Egg whites
- Most nuts and seeds
- Raw wheat germ
The best way to eat nuts and seeds and to rid them of their enzyme inhibitors is to soak them for a few hours before you eat them. When a nut or seed is soaked it prepares to sprout by EXPLODING with powerful enzymes and nutrients that are otherwise dormant. In fact, once soaked, nuts and seeds become some of the highest containing enzyme foods on the planet!
You can also take enzyme supplements before eating these foods in order to counteract any negative effects.
Don’t feel like you need to give up these foods completely – just be aware of them and try to consume them alongside a meal rich in enzymes.
Drew’s Delectable Digestion Drink
- 1 papaya
- 1 cup of pineapple
- 1 handful of spinach
- ½ cucumber
- 1 banana
- 1-2 cups coconut water
- Wash and chop ingredients as necessary.
- Combine in a blender and blend to perfection.
- Enjoy immediately.